Civil Procedure

Procedural issues create many traps for the unwary: Irregularities in trial court proceedings or ambiguous verdicts may require a new trial; failing to raise an objection in the trial court can foreclose appellate review of an issue; a settlement that purports to preserve the right to appeal can moot the appeal. The list goes on and on. GMSR is experienced in spotting procedural defects and navigating nuances that can be dispositive on appeal. For that reason, trial counsel and clients often consult with GMSR’s appellate lawyers as a case progresses, in order to maximize their chances of success in an eventual appeal. GMSR’s appellate lawyers have also gotten appeals dismissed, revived litigation that should not have been dismissed, and successfully developed arguments for affirmance or reversal, all based on procedural issues.

Jun 01, 1991 Feris M. Greenberger, Martin Stein Related Cases
Valenzuela v. Sears (Dec. 19, 1991, E007882)

Proper procedural steps necessary to preserve cause of action against defendant who dies during trial

George v. Internat. Society for Krishna Consciousness (1989) 213 Cal.App.3d 802

Amending tort judgment to add additional religious corporations while appeal from original judgment was pending

Honda Motor Co. v. Salzman (Alaska 1988) 751 P.2d 489

Terminating discovery sanctions against corporate defendant

Jan 15, 1985 Martin Stein Related Cases
Aguilar v. Los Angeles County (9th Cir. 1985) 751 F.2d 1089

Injured child was an indispensable party whose joinder destroyed diversity

Aug 21, 1978 Related Cases
LeMons v. Regents of the University of Cal. (1978) 21 Cal.3d 869

Improper jury instructions

Jun 01, 1976 Related Cases
Fish v. Los Angeles Dodgers (1976) 56 Cal.App.3d 620

Propriety of jury instructions in case involving multiple concurrent causes

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